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Archives for February 2010

ru-Net Invests Several Million in Digital Access’ ivi.ru, Russia’s Hulu

Files under: News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 14:50 [27. 02. 10]

The online video platform and advertising company Digital Access, which was acquired by ru-Net Ltd of Leonid Boguslavsky in 2009, has launched ivi.ru, online video service for Russian internet users. The free service, whose design reminds of Hulu, will be monetized with pre-roll, post-roll, and video-overlay ads. The revenues from ads will be shared with [...]

Russian-Developed Nginx Takes on Google and Microsoft in Web Server Software

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Posted by: Quintura @ 19:34 [23. 02. 10]

The web server software Nginx served 7.5% of top servers across all domains in January 2010, ahead of Google with 7%, according to Netcraft. Apache and Microsoft held 53.8% and 24.1% market share for top servers across all domains, respectively. Nginx has been steadily gaining market share ever since first release in 2004. The growth [...]

Russian Social Games Company Drimmi Discloses 4M Funding; Releases First Game

Files under: News, Web 2.0
Posted by: Quintura @ 22:00 [19. 02. 10]

// Launched in autumn 2009, the Russian social games startup, Drimmi announced last month that it raised funding from Mangrove Capital Partners and ABRT Fund with goal to become #1 Russian social games company. The amount of funding was not disclosed at that time. Today, Drimmi launches its web-site that offers some details on the [...]

Parallels Raises Funding from Siguler Guff’s Russia Partners and Bessemer

Files under: Enterprise, News, Tech
Posted by: Quintura @ 17:21 [19. 02. 10]

The leading provider of automation and virtualization software for cloud services, Parallels has raised an undisclosed amount of venture capital funding from Siguler Guff‘s Russian investment arm, Russia Partners, which led the round, and Bessemer Venture Partners. Founded in 1999, Parallels has numerous sales and business offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia and significant research [...]

Quintura Releases New SEO Tool for Keyword Extraction – Quintura SEOInfo

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Posted by: Quintura @ 06:54 [17. 02. 10]

The Quintura search destination on Quintura.com is very popular among Search Engine Optimizers (SEO) and Search Engine Marketers (SEM) as a visual-based keyword suggestion and research tool. Today, we released a new SEO tool – Quintura SEOInfo for keyword extraction and more that demonstrates the Quintura technologies. You can use the SEOInfo tool to extract [...]

RuTube and Mamba To Launch VideoDating on Love.Rutube.ru

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Posted by: Quintura @ 18:36 [13. 02. 10]

Two leading Russian online communities, video sharing site RuTube and online dating platform Mamba have launched online VideoDating on Love.Rutube.ru. 10 million monthly users of RuTube.ru can now search for user-generated video profiles across 12 million user database of Mamba. RuTube and Mamba introduced cross-site registration and online communication for users of Video Dating (Видеознакомства), [...]

Baring Vostok Capital Partners to Acquire Half of Smeshariki for $45 Million

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Posted by: Quintura @ 02:00 [12. 02. 10]

The leading Russian private equity firm Baring Vostok Capital Partners (BVCP) is in final negotiations to acquire almost 50% of Riki Group, company that owns rights to the popular Russian cartoon series for children, Smeshariki, reported newspaper Kommersant. BVCP valued the company at $90 million and is close to purchase 45%-47% of the group and [...]

MTG Acquires Russian Startup Raduga TV in Year from Launch

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Posted by: Quintura @ 05:32 [9. 02. 10]

The international entertainment broadcasting Group MTG (Modern Times Group) of Sweden has acquired 50% of DTH satellite pay-TV platform Raduga TV operated by DaoGeoCom in Russia from Continental Media S.A., a company representing Raduga TV founders and management. The Russian startup Raduga TV was acquired in a year from its launch. According to newspaper Kommersant, [...]

DST and Naspers/MIH to Merge Nasza-Klasa and Gadu-Gadu in Poland

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Posted by: Quintura @ 05:17 [8. 02. 10]

The leading Internet group in Eastern Europe, Naspers/MIH Group, which together with DST (Digital Sky Technology) own the largest Russian online portal, Mail.ru is doing due diligence of assets of DST-owned holding Forticom, reported newspapers Vedomosti and Kommersant. As a result, Naspers/MIH and DST could merger their Polish internet assets, instant messaging service Gadu-Gadu and [...]

Mangrove Capital in Love with Russia; Confirms Association with Renault F1 Team

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Posted by: Quintura @ 19:24 [3. 02. 10]

The leading early-stage European venture capital firm, Mangrove Capital Partners of Luxembourg has confirmed its association with the Renault F1 Team. The firm said in its latest quarterly newsletter: “We are proud to announce our association with the Renault F1 racing team. This association will undoubtedly lead to new business development opportunities and play a [...]

Almaz Capital Acquires 23% of Alawar Entertainment from Finam and Business Angel

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Posted by: Quintura @ 16:29 [2. 02. 10]

Moscow and Silicon Valley-based Almaz Capital Russia Fund I, which is sponsored by Cisco, UFG and EBRD, has invested about $3 million for a 23% stake in the leading Eastern European casual games company, Alawar Entertainment. The 15% stake was purchased from Finam Capital Partners and the other 8% was purchased from business angel investor, [...]

Yandex Reports First USD Revenue Slide in Company’s History

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Posted by: Quintura @ 06:02 [1. 02. 10]

The leading Russian search engine and contextual advertising provider, Yandex reported that its 2009 revenues were up 14% year-on-year to 8.7 billion Rubles. Due to Ruble devaluation in 2009, the Yandex revenues in USD decreased 9% year-on-year from $300 million in 2008 to $274 million in 2009. Being the leader in Internet advertising in Russia, [...]

Russian Online Display Advertising Market of $261 Million in 2009

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Posted by: Quintura @ 05:12 [1. 02. 10]

The Russian online display advertising market was up 10% year-on-year to 8.3 billion Rubles ($261 million) in 2009. The car manufacturers and dealers accounted for 30% of the market spending last year, ahead of telecoms operators with 12%, according to AdWatch/Isobar. The Russian contextual advertising market was up 13% year-on-year to 9.61 billion Rubles ($302 [...]